Blog 69 / Our High Calling

When We Pray for the Lost

All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; they will bring glory to Your Name. (Ps 86:9/10  NIV)

God’s love for all peoples and nations is so fervent that He will not stop in His pursuit of them until they know of His love and display His glory in their lives. As we join our Lord in this divine pursuit, here are three things to keep in mind when we pray.

 There is no greater reason to pray for the lost than wanting to see God receive glory from the people that were created by Him and for Him. It should fill us with righteous indignation that millions for whom Christ died are bowing down before lifeless gods and worthless idols and giving to Satan allegiance that should go to God alone. Our main incentive in praying is that all the peoples God has made will come and worship before Him and bring glory to His Name.

Equally important when we pray for the lost is not just praying for their salvation, but asking that they would become true worshipers of God. Our Lord is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Salvation is essential because it takes care of our sin problem and gets us back into a right relationship with our Creator—but only so that we become worshipers of God and lovers of His dear Son.

When we pray for the lost, we should pray that they receive not just the light of the gospel but spiritual sight also. The colors of a sunset are of no benefit to blind eyes. Nor is a colorful garden on a dark night of benefit to a sighted person. Light and sight are both needed to appreciate color. A.W. Tozer reminds us that, “The Pharisees looked straight at the Light of the World for three years, but not one ray of light reached their inner beings.” They were spiritually blind. Sinners need both light and sight.

All of this is to say that while we should be wholehearted in praying for people to turn to Christ, we must keep the ultimate purpose of evangelism in view. It is first and foremost about seeing God’s heart satisfied as He is loved and glorified by people from every tribe and tongue and nation. It is all about Him!



Colin Stott
GRN Global Prayer Coordinator

read colin’s previous blogs:
sugar cubes and prayer – blog 68
more than meets the eye – blog 67
praising god before he answers – blog 66
Praying For God’s Glory Will Cost Us – blog 65
rejoicing over god with singing – blog 64
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 63
the glorious end God has in mind- blog 62
No Place LIke Home – blog 60
finishing well – blog 59
are we known as formidible opponents? – blog 58
Thy Kingdom Come – blog 57
A Life Lived in Pursuit of Knowing God – blog 56
The church triumphant – blog 55
we do not have because we do not ask – blog 54
exclusive property of god – blog 53
indispensable prayers of the church – blog 52
the battle is still the lord’s – blog 51
nothing is impossible with god – blog 49
It is a wonderful life – blog 48
Listening for the master’s voice – blog 47
prayer and unbelief – blog 46
Our Motivation in Praying for the Lost – blog 45
demolishing strongholds – blog 44
overcome evil with good- blog 43
dealing with strongholds – blog 42
when our prayers go unanswered – blog 41
key to unanswered prayer – blog 40
prayer and The bride – blog 39
The Battle is the Lord’s – blog 38
praying for workers – blog 37
finding time to pray – blog 36
when the church is under attack – blog 35
FEASTING and FASTING – blog 34
why ask for what we already have? – blog 32
is anyone praying for them? – blog 31
delays are part of answered prayer – blog 30
weapons of our warfare – blog 29
Keeping our spiritual fervor – blog 28
days of great harvest – blog 27
not i but christ – blog 26
what if – Blog 25
praying scripture – Blog 24
Prayer and obedience -Blog 23
the Prayer warrior – Blog 22
time alone with god – Blog 21
last resort – Blog 20
Prayer with rejoicing faith – Blog 19
travel the world through Prayer – Blog 18
lord, break me – Blog 17
ye have not because ye ask not – Blog 16
our Prayers reveal our heart – Blog 15
church of the living god – Blog 14
when we Pray for the lost – Blog 13
more than meets the eye – Blog 12
sugar cubes and  Prayer – Blog 11
it’s a wonderful life – Blog 10
the longings of god – Blog 9
praising god before he answers – Blog 8
no place like home – Blog 7
praying for god’s glory – Blog 6
are we known as formidable opponents – Blog 5
sugar cubes and Prayer – Blog 4
rejocing over god with singing – Blog 3
the indispensable Prayers of the church – Blog 2
the glorious end – Blog 1